MSc Human Physiology

Explore the mechanics of human life.

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From nutrition and neuroscience to muscle and bone, develop an expert understanding of the systems and organs that make humans tick. Studying our MSc Physiology programme offers a detailed look at it all, letting you explore the fundamental systems of human life.

You’ll cover a range of units around physiology, each offering an in-depth look into different systems or specialisms – from neuroscience and nutrition, to the cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems. From there, you’ll have the chance to take a deep dive into a topic of your choice, with an independent research project. It’s your chance to tackle the issues that fascinate you – while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific enquiry.

So, by the time you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to open doors for your future. Whether that means progressing to PhD level, becoming a physiologist in a healthcare setting or pursuing a role in teaching, management or research, our MSc Human Physiology can pave the way.

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Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The programme can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas across healthcare, and can also provide a foundation for further specialist study.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

Career prospects include, but aren’t limited to:

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both in the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you have a lower standard or unrelated degree if you also have relevant experience.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

This programme is based around seven core units which you’ll study over the course of a year. As such, you’ll cover five units based around various aspects of human physiology, from the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems, to neuroscience and nutrition.

From there, you’ll take a unit designed to help you develop the research methods and explore the ethical framework you’ll need to tackle the last unit of the course: an in-depth, independent research project.

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Our research

We represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.

We conduct basic and translational research to understand biological systems in disease, sensing and detecting by-products of disease and contemporary challenges, including ageing and development of new technologies for personalised medicine.

Scientists in our Centre for Bioscience are pioneering new ideas with real-world application and global potential to improve health and wellbeing and make a positive difference to people's lives.

Core units:

  • Research Project
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Advanced Aspects of Neuroscience
  • Advanced Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Physiology Techniques
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Musculoskeletal Science

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Core Units


This unit allows all 4th year M Biomed Sci students to complete an independent laboratory-based research project, which is allied to their employment aspirations and specific academic interests.

Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science

This unit enables students to develop advanced skills in research methods and work towards an independent research project proposal. The unit delivery features a blended learning approach with both taught and web-based directed study. Students will be expected to review and apply statistical analyses ,apply knowledge and awareness of the roles of evidence-based and ethical frameworks for the experimental design, systematic review and dissemination of scientific research.

Advanced Aspects of Neuroscience

This unit presents advanced aspects of neuroscience, ranging from fundamental processing in healthy nervous systems to neurological disorders.

A broad range of topics may be presented, including advanced aspects of sensory perception and multisensory integration, movement, learning, plasticity, aetiology of neurological disorders and current/emerging interventions.

Advanced Nutritional and Exercise Physiology

This unit provides an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of nutritional and exercise physiology in humans. It aims to enable you to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of some of the contemporary issues in relation to diet, exercise, and their interaction, in health and disease. 

Applied Physiology Techniques

This unit presents students with the opportunity to learn technical skills across a range of techniques used in physiological research. These techniques will then be applied by students to address classic and/or current research challenges. 

Cardiorespiratory Physiology

This unit aims to provide an up-to-date knowledge of cardiorespiratory physiology, including challenges posed by self-induced stress e.g. exercise, hypoxia and those which accompany pathological changes in disease states. 

Musculoskeletal Science

 This unit aims to deliver cutting-edge content, examining normal physiology of the musculoskeletal system, from a cell and molecular level through to whole organ physiology. This unit will also cover in detail, the impact of a range of pathological states and diseases on musculoskeletal physiology. 

Placement options

While this course doesn’t include a placement, some of our students include practical work with their research projects, while working with an organisation on placement.

Between the Careers and Employability service and the staff in the Department of Life Sciences, we offer careers-focused events and plenty of support for arranging work experience, searching for opportunities and getting through applications and interviews.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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